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Leading, Following and Changing the World

Acts 16:9-10 NIV
During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

What would it look like if we as church leaders followed the Spirit with this kind of sensitivity and obedience? And what would it look like if we as church members followed our church leadership with this kind of trust and humility?


“If redemption could be reversed, it wouldn’t be redemption.”

Clip a coupon. Go to the store. Redeem the coupon. Buy something. Take it home. Go back to the store. Return the item and try to get the coupon back.

Can you return the item? Yes. Usually.
Can you get your money back? Sometimes.
Can you get your coupon back? No. It’s been redeemed. It’s finished.

When Christ died he declared, “It is finished.” When we accept His sacrifice on our behalf, we allow him to redeem us. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

The same is true for us. If we could be plucked from His hand, then being in His hand wouldn’t be a source of hope, love, grace or life. It would merely be a temporary relief filled with anxiety and fear of the inevitably impending end of such relief and the return of the pain, uncertainty and Hell that exists everywhere outside of God’s hand. (John 10:28-30)

And so redemption cannot be lost. There are many things that can be lost. We may lose keys, wallets, loved ones, talents, youth, health and even life itself. But alas redemption cannot be lost. It cannot be reversed, it cannot be shaken, it cannot be shirked. Lest it not be redemption.

Redemption. Forgiveness. Forever. Thank God.

Happy Thoughts

Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan. Young at heart; old in mind. Deciding to always think happy thoughts, but the result is that I’m flying. Life with Christ is truly life abundant… amazing, thrilling, difficult at times and always adventuresome.

Adventure of Love

When considering the evil that runs freely rampant in my mind I am reminded and shown how much work the Spirit has left to do in transforming it. And I take courage and joy from the grief this causes my heart. For if thus is the life I have with my brother Christ now, with such corruption and double mindedness yet holding fast within me, how much greater is the journey yet to come as my transformation furthers and I may begin to actually reflect his basic tenant to simply love all freely?!

Like John, Paul and so many others, may I face each day with the bold, courageous and taunting phrase, “Lord, lead me on.” May I never falter or tire of the adventure of peace and love in a world so hungry for all three. And may I live and love all others as myself evermore and myself as relentlessly and fully as my Father Creator God.

Yes truly, the past has been good. The best is yet to come. I am yours, Papa. Amen.

Death is gain

Yesterday, Saturday, I spent all day on a boat. It was hot and sunny. It was a perfect day to spend on a boat with friends. We went tubing. We swam. We barbecued burgers and brauts. We laid out in the sun. We walked around in the shallows. We watched fireworks over head at night. I got home late and slept like a rock. It was a good day.

Today I went to church. I love going to church. We went to lunch afterwards. I had an omelette. Then we spent the afternoon lounging around a pool. I spent the day with good friends. We discussed church, the Holy Spirit, beer and our weeks. “That’s what I love about Sundays.” This was a great weekend. Good friends, good times, good weather.

Tonight I visited the hospital. My grandpa’s in room 4775. The same hospital I was born in. Some of my cousins and my aunt were there too. After a few minutes my dad and stepmom got there too. It was a party in grandpa’s room. My cousins left, my aunt left, my dad and stepmom left. Soon it was just grandpa and me. I love sitting with him and talking with him. He has amazing stories. I can’t remember a time in my 33 years that I haven’t been fascinated by his stories.

As he shared his stories, he also shared with me the pain he was in and his thoughts. He believes in God. Very much so. He asks God’s forgiveness regularly and acknowledges he will sin again. He believes God helps him sometimes when he prays. He doesn’t believe in heaven or hell. He believes when you die you rot. That’s it. As I listened I thought, if this is it, what’s the point?

I don’t know if the Bible is all true. I don’t know if anything I believe is true. I hope it is. I have faith the Bible is true. But it’s not called faith because we can prove it. So I decide to believe it. I have to. And here’s what I’ve figured out…

Paul was right. To die is gain. It has to be. Or at least that’s what I’ll tell myself everyday until then. Because if this life is as good as it gets (and I do enjoy my life), I don’t think I can go on. So I will tell myself that to die is gain. Because there’s got to be something better than this.

I love the sunsets and sunrises. I love a child’s laugh. I love the warm embrace of a good friend. But in the end, we all die alone. And I believe, if God is good, he meant us for something greater than this. There has got be a heaven… because I need there to be. I just can’t believe that this is all we’re made for.

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Death should be no scary thing.
Death has no victory.
Death has no sting.

With Christ, death is transformed from terror to sweet relief. Yes, to die must be gain. When I die I will not rot. When I die, I will live.


Only when you’re shaken & thrown off your feet can you see what you’ve really been standing on.

Just figured I’d send out a quick update.

I’ve got a meeting tomorrow with a church board about support. It’s just like a get to know you meeting, but it’s with their board so it’s a little intimidating. 🙂 Be praying for wisdom and guidance for me to know what to say and how to say it and courage to feel free to be myself and share from my heart.

The first info meeting went well (though quite small). We’ll do another probably in a month or two depending on how other things are going.

We’re currently working on our Non-profit status application with the IRS. There is a $500 fee as well so if be praying about whether or not you can help us with that. Donations are tax-deductible and we can give a receipt.

Still in a holding pattern waiting for some paperwork to be done for the next step in partnering with Kensington as well (be praying for that too!!!).

Things are continuing to move ahead and it’s obvious God is behind this thing. In the coming week or two I’ll be asking for us all to pray about tithing to Dandelions. I know it’s a big step and sometimes a tough thing to do. But I also know God is faithful and if we are committed to making this church plant happen, it is a vital, practical and essential way for us to show support.

Definitely over my head, but under His…

Grace and peace to you all,

Mike Schmitt
(248) 259-1937

Malachi 4:2

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